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Jose Graziano da Silva
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José Graziano da Silva is the architect of Brazil’s Zero Hunger program and, since 2012, is Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. He has worked on issues of food security, rural development and agriculture for over 35 years. Graziano da Silva’s efforts at the helm of FAO have revolved around transforming the zero hunger vision into a reality in the world by sharpening the focus of the Organization’s work, improving its efficiency to deliver best value for money, and strengthening partnerships with other governmental, international and non state actors to better respond to the needs of FAO’s 194 Members.

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Looking Beyond the Crisis

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 8:58 AM

A cycle of rapid expansion of credit and finance, like we saw a decade ago, initially provokes pro-cyclical euphoria, but soon turns to woe when the bubble bursts.

In Europe, as in the BRICS and other countries that experienced rapid growth during the expansive phase of the cycle, we are...

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A Starting Point for 2015

(0) Comments | Posted December 26, 2014 | 9:35 PM

The motto of the French Revolution - Liberty, Equality and Fraternity - has guided societies worldwide for over two centuries. Each of its parts, however, has gained different weights and meanings in recent decades.

Markets, for example, have become freer and freer. But without equality and fraternity, they are unable...

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Food Prices: Always Too High or Too Low

(1) Comments | Posted October 3, 2014 | 1:25 PM

This year's bumper wheat crop has helped push food prices to a four-year low, according to FAO's Food Price Index.

This is a welcome development, but we must not waste it through complacency.

The governance arrangements of international agricultural commodity markets are ripe for an overhaul...

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Championing the Development Aspirations of Island States

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 1:30 PM

As we approach 2015, it is time for a final push to reach the Millennium Development Goals and to set the development agenda that will come next. The post-2015 agenda will have to be truly inclusive and ambitious to guide the sustainable development efforts that the world wants...

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Food Prices: One Year After

(3) Comments | Posted October 5, 2013 | 5:21 PM

Just over a year ago, a sharp rise in maize prices, triggered by the worst drought in the last 50 years in the US Midwest, sent shock waves through the international food markets raising fears that food prices would spiral out of control as they had in 2007-8, 2010-11 and...

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To Rebuild the Social Contract, Start by Ending Hunger

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 9:36 AM

As political leaders gather at the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly, we mark the fifth anniversary of the extraordinary events of 2008 and after--a period punctuated by the world economic and financial crisis, three major spikes in food prices, and waves of social and political unrest across much...

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Ending Malnutrition

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2013 | 11:58 AM

The 2015 deadline for meeting the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching. It is time to take stock of progress and see what still needs to be done.

Advance towards MDG 1, halving prevalence of hunger has been varied, but with one final push we still can...

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Planting a Tree to Plant Our Future

(5) Comments | Posted March 18, 2013 | 12:56 PM

International Day of Forests, celebrated by the United Nations for the first time on March 21, invites people and communities around the world to "plant a tree, plant our future."

The appeal is being made to spotlight the vital importance of forests in our lives, and to rally...

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Principles and Practice for Resilience, Food Security and Nutrition

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 8:08 AM

We are at a tipping point in the fight against hunger and malnutrition. The world is becoming a less predictable and more threatening place for the poorest and most vulnerable. As we grow more interconnected, a range of complex risks, including climate change, environmental degradation, population growth, conflict, and food...

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Hunger Can't Wait

(5) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 3:23 PM

This year, the traditional year-end exercise of reflecting on the successes and failures of the past 12 months, and looking ahead to the coming ones, holds special significance for me. Last June marked a personal turning point, with my election as director-general of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. I...

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